Oct. 19, 2010
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Team (19-4 overall, 4-3 in the MWC) needed just three sets (25-13, 25-19, 25-21) to defeat the Colorado Christian Cougars (14-10 overall), on Tuesday night in Laramie.
"It's always nice to know you have the depth to play your bench and get them experience," said head coach Carrie Yerty. "Makenzie Bartsch really stepped up tonight and played solid for us. I'm confident that I can play her at any time. I think we were solid in our serving. Also, Becky Stewart did a nice job when she came in. The more time each player gets, the more experience they gain, which helps us as a team overall."
Sophomore Jodi Purdy finished with a match high ten kills, plus eight digs and hit .409 (10-1-22). She was followed by Reese Roehrkasse with seven kills while Makenzie Bartsch added six kills, four blocks and hit .417 (6-1-12) for the match. Wyoming hit .299 (43-11-107) recorded 46 digs and out blocked the Cougars 8-2.
Colorado Christian was led by Erica Brown who finished with ten kills and seven digs in the match. Brooke Wittmayer recorded a team high 14 digs followed by Andi Weber with seven kills and 11 digs. The Cougars hit .084 (29-20-107) for the match.
CCU scored the first two points of the match, but the Cowgirls answered with the next four straight to take their first lead 4-2. The two teams played evenly for the next eight points to make it a 7-6 score. Wyoming would go on a 6-0 run to pull ahead 13-6. After the Cougars ended the run, the Cowgirls scored six of nine to make the lead double-figures, 20-10. Wyoming would go on to take the set 25-13.
It was back and forth in the early going of the second set, until with the score even at five all, the Cowgirls scored six straight to make it 11-5. The Cougars stopped the run, but Wyoming went on a 10-5 run to pull ahead by ten, 21-11. Colorado Christian battled back and pulled to within five, 24-19, and held off three set points. Wyoming would hold on to win the set 25-19 to take a 2-0 lead in the match.
In the third set, the Cowgirls took an early 5-2 advantage. Colorado Christian scored three of four to pull within one, 6-5. A 5-2 run by Wyoming put them ahead 11-7. the Cougars wouldn't do away quietly as they answered with a 9-4 run of their own to take a one point lead, 16-15. The Cowgirls would even it up at 16 and then each team traded points. With it all tied up at 21 all, Wyoming would score the last four points of the set to take it 25-21 and the match 3-0.
Wyoming will return to MWC play on Friday, Oct. 22, against the Colorado State Rams in Ft. Collins. The match is set for 7:00 p.m.